My living room has been neglected for quite some time now, left in a state of limbo where it’s usable but still not quite finished. And since it is usable just like it is, I really hadn’t planned on focusing on it any time soon.
But if you know anything about me, then you know that when inspiration hits me, I have to respond. So the other day, I was sitting and scrolling through Instagram, just minding my own business. I had no plans or motives other than to entertain my brain for a few minutes. But then it happened. I saw a room with gorgeous pink draperies, and the thought hit me like a ton of bricks that THAT’S what my living room needs! PINK DRAPERIES!!
Okay, so let me back up. If you’ve been around here for long, you know how I’ve struggled to pull my living room together. Never in the history of ever have I had so much trouble pulling a room together than I’ve had with my living room.
After struggling for so long, I finally bought this amazing rug (which is still available, and on sale right now!)
But the dark gray fireplace seemed to make everything dark. So I painted the fireplace teal, made some colorful artwork to go above the mantel, and selected purple for the draperies.
The rug was awesome. The new fireplace color was awesome. And the artwork above the fireplace is still one of my favorite things I’ve ever made.
But the draperies. I’ll be very honest with you here. It’s not the look of the drapery that bothered me. It’s the fact that I chose a fabric that’s borderline too thick for draperies, and is such a pain to work with. By the time I made it through that first panel, I just couldn’t make myself do another one. And the thought of having to do THREE more (two of which needed to be double width) just…well, no. I couldn’t do it.
As it turns out, I love the purple draperies in the breakfast room far more than I like them in the living room anyway, so I will have to make one more. And I have a plan for the rest of the purple fabric that doesn’t include pinch pleats through three thicknesses of fabric, so it will work out better in the end.
But that left me, once again, with no draperies for the living room.
I had the rug, a small neutral-colored recliner, a coffee table, a chandelier, a pretty fireplace color, and some artwork. I wanted to keep and use all of those things. What I couldn’t figure out was the draperies. Plus, the green loveseat was making things difficult for me.
So I decided that the green loveseat will eventually go in Matt’s gameroom, and I needed a new loveseat for the living room.
In the meantime, I finished the entryway (which is really just a wall in this same room that I call an “entryway”), and then decided on fabrics for the two chairs that I’ll be reupholstering for the living room.
The floral fabric will be on the backs and sides of the chairs, and the solid velvet will be on the fronts of the chairs. That project is still in the plan, and I’m very excited about seeing those chairs finished.
So that’s been where things have stood for quite a while now — a few things that are definitely staying, a couple of things that are being relocated to other rooms, a big upholstery project that needs to be done, and a huge question mark about the window treatments for the room.
And then inspiration struck about four days ago. PINK. Pink draperies.
I had never considered pink before because Matt’s one rule was “no pink walls.” And while draperies aren’t walls, they still add a whole lot of color to a room, much like walls do. But I showed him the picture (which, sadly, I no longer have) and asked him if he’d be okay with it, and he said he would!
So within the hour, I was at the fabric store looking for the perfect pink fabric.
After searching the whole store through, I found one fabric. It wasn’t as bright as I had originally planned, and yet it was perfect. It was a soft pink. It wasn’t a baby pink, but it was still very much pink, and the color was perfect with my other fabrics.
The actual fabric, however, was not perfect. It was an apparel fabric, and while it was a substantial polyester with a beautiful drape, it was stretchy. And my one cardinal rule of sewing draperies is “Never use apparel fabric for draperies!!”
I don’t know how many times I’ve repeated that to myself and to others, and yet, there I was with the ONE perfect fabric in the whole store, and it was a stretchy apparel fabric.
Y’all, I went with it. I broke my one cardinal rule, because it was too perfect. Here is my new light pink drapery fabric with the floral and velvet for the chairs.
It looks gorgeous with the rug, the teal fireplace, and my teal kitchen (which is in the next room and very visible from the living room). It’s basically perfect all around.
Except that it’s stretchy. After explaining the situation to the lady at the cutting table, she had no creative solutions for me. She had never sewn draperies before. But the Husqvarna Viking lady was nearby, so the lady at the cutting table called her over and I explained what I wanted to do. Initially, she looked at me as if I were insane for wanting to use a stretchy fabric for draperies (it really is a crazy thing to do), but after giving it some thought, she had a great solution to make it work. At least, it sounds great. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but when I do, I’ll share the details. I’m so hopeful that it’ll work out, because one way or another, this fabric will be on my living room windows!
So that leaves me with one final big decision for the living room — a new loveseat.
I’ve spent every spare minute over the last four days searching for the perfect loveseat, and I finally narrowed it down to two from Birch Lane — the Karalynn loveseat and the Kerry loveseat.
And after looking through every single one of their 120+ available fabrics for those loveseats, I ordered about 10 samples, and then narrowed it down to two — a light gray and a darker gray. Both of them are Sunbrella fabrics, so they should be pretty durable.
Here’s is the lighter gray sample with my fabrics…
And the darker gray fabric…
On the Birch Lane website, it allows you to preview the loveseats with the selected fabric, but they don’t look accurate to me. We can get a general idea of how they might look, though.
Here’s the Karalynn Loveseat with the light gray fabric…
And here’s the Karalynn Loveseat with the darker gray fabric…
But you can see that their pictures showing the fabrics on the loveseat aren’t quite the same as the actual fabric samples. The darker gray seems to be a truer gray in person than it shows on that loveseat. The loveseat actually looks more taupe, but I don’t see taupe in that fabric sample.
Anyway, moving on to the other loveseat. Here’s the Kerry Loveseat in the lighter gray…
The light gray on the Kerry Loveseat looks more accurate to me. It looks pretty much identical to the sample fabric to my eye.
And here’s the Kerry Loveseat in the darker gray…
That still looks off to me. It looks way more taupe than the fabric sample. But even if it does turn out to be a tiny bit more on the taupe side than the true gray side, that might not be a bad thing. After all, the color on my walls (Benjamin Moore Classic Gray) is more of a warm gray, and the fabric on the small recliner is more of a light warm gray. And the grays in the rug are more on the warm gray side.
So those are the two finalist loveseats, and the two finalist fabric samples.
As far as the loveseats go, I’m undecided. The pictures make them look very different sizes, but the dimensions listed for both are almost the same. There may be slight differences, but nothing like the pictures would indicate. I like both of them, and at one moment the Karalynn (left above) is my favorite, and then an hour later, the Kerry (right above) is my favorite.
With the fabrics, I’m leaning towards the darker gray. I just love the contrast of the darker gray against all of the various pinks. But I don’t want it to end up looking too taupe! A warm gray is fine, but taupe isn’t. The lighter gray seems like the safer choice, which also seems a bit boring to me. Plus, it’s almost the same color (almost, but not quite) as the little recliner that’s in the living room. I’m not really sure how I feel about that.
Thoughts? And if any of you have a piece of furniture with Sunbrella Flagship Pewter on it, I’d love to know if it reads more slightly warm gray or taupe.
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Mara smithSeptember 17, 2019 at 10:55 am
Hi Kristi! We bought a couch with a chaise from Birch Lane and I believe the color was Pewter. I can recall, but I’m pretty sure there was another name before the Pewter. Ours is definitely a darker gray color, but very pretty.
Ann Marie SchimbergSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:12 am
I prefer the Kerry loveseat in the darker gray.
CarolSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm
Same. Although, I was in the lighter grey camp until you mentioned that it was a similar color to your chair! I dont like matchy matchy furniture, so dark grey Kerry for me!
P.S. This is F.U.N!
CarolSeptember 19, 2019 at 9:27 am
Love the pink color! But I also think waiting to find an appropriate fabric for the curtains is a better option. …maybe online or dying a fabric?Make curtain number 4(blue floral, black and white stripe, purple with greek key trim) your final curtain call👍😥
TerriSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:15 am
I think you definitely need to go with the darker gray, you probably dont want it close to the other gray on the chair if it’s not an exact match. That usually doesn’t turn out well. It’s like you tried to match it but it’s off. But I’m sure you already know that!
Catherine KloseSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:21 am
I like loveseat #1 and boy, the fabric color is a tough call. I like the darker gray sample but you’re right. It doesn’t look right when you put it on the sofa. With that said, what’s the return policy in case you go with the darker color and it’s like you said, more taupe?
And the loveseat, does it come all put together or do you have to do that? I have wondered how people have made out with buying furniture online.
Janet WhitfieldSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:23 am
I would make and install the pink draperies and then decide on the new loveseat. You may love the green again!
suzanneSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:55 am
I was thinking the same thing.
ShelleySeptember 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm
Me too! Green loveseat with pink drapes in the background sound lovely. Maybe it’s because I had a pink, green and white bedroom as a teen.
Jacqueline SkidmoreSeptember 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm
I agree!!! Kristi: WHY grey??? What does it relate to?
MarieleSeptember 17, 2019 at 5:20 pm
BethSeptember 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm
I agree. I think you should make and install the curtains and I think you just might love the green sofa.
Debbie PrachylSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:25 am
Either love seat is nice. I like the KaraLynn. Is seems more substantial. I also like the darker sample. I think it contrasts better with the colorful fabrics. Love the pink! Hope it works out. Whichever you choose will be great.
KellKellSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:26 am
I think the darker gray will ground the room and still allow all of your colors to sing! As always whatever you choose will look great, I can’t wait to see it! I love that spark when an idea hits!!
AdeleSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:31 am
I learned from laurelberninteriors.com blog that there is a thing called knit-backing that is used for fabrics that are ravel-prone or are delicate like silk or linen. Perhaps there something similar for the type of fabric you are using. I think fusing the backing to the fabric needs to be done professionally. The fabricator Laurel Bern used when she was a practicing decorator was in Texas: Schneider-Banks (SBI). Perhaps a light iron-on fabric interfacing would be the DIY solution?
JennieSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:35 am
Do you have a Nebraska Furniture Mart nearby in Texas? You are such a texture, color kind of gal, I think it would best for you to go see and feel the couch before you make another investment. Just my two cents. I recommend NFM because they have a HUGE variety and easy on the pocketbook. Good luck!
LOVE the pink drapes, they will look stunning with those chairs <3
Dawn A. BynonSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:36 am
I Love the Karalynnin the Darker Grey Fabric!
LeslieSeptember 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm
This gets my endorsement too!
CynzSeptember 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm
I agree Karalynn in darker grey looks very warm inviting and comfy to me the other style looks way more stuffy borderline commercial building furniture to me. Lighter grey seems like it would just blend into background
Mary StewartSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:39 am
I think the light gray looks washed out against the richer tones of the other fabrics. The dark gray is really pretty!
Michelle @ Eamonn & JackSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:44 am
Years and years (and years) ago I made a floor cloth using fabric that was stretchy. I solved the problem using iron-on interfacing. It worked well, and I used that floor cloth for years. I imagine that would work for drapes – especially since you won’t be walking all over them 🙂
Here’s a post I did about it – a bit lacking in photos though – http://www.eamonnandjack.com/2013/02/my-diy-foyer-rug.html
Kathy GraySeptember 17, 2019 at 11:44 am
I think the pink will be fabulous. I like the light gray much more than the dark. Here’s my 2 cents on the stretchy pink: if you find it too difficult to handle stretchy-wise; sew a couch cover for the loveseat that you won’t mind your dog and cat using. Then you won’t feel guilty about buying the fabric and you can make a trip to buy more fabric someplace else! Love the whole look you’re doing.
BetsySeptember 17, 2019 at 11:55 am
I was shaking my head the whole time I was reading about using stretchy fabric for your draperies, eek! So looking forward to hearing about this trick from the sewing machine lady! I agree with Terri’s comment about going with the darker grey, due to the lighter grey possibly looking like you tried to match the chair but missed. The Karalynn seats are 3″ deeper. I’m short and have a not very deep sofa, which I like most of the time. But sometimes I do wish I could slump back a little deeper and hug a pillow or my cat. Both styles are very attractive.
Theresa PSeptember 17, 2019 at 12:07 pm
Girl, you are brave to try to sew drapes out of stretchy fabric. Good luck! I hope you can do it, but that sounds like a nightmare. I’m a horrible seamstress, though, so I’m sure that’s why I feel that way.
Re all the changes. I have a sunbrella fabric slipcover that I LOVE. We’ve had it since 2013 and it has been amazing. It is a dark gray, but it’s less variegated than your fabric, so I don’t think it’s that color. For pet owners, the sunbrella fabrics are amazing!
For you, though, I would seriously recommend borrowing or somehow getting your hands on a much larger swatch of both the dark and light gray (can you borrow a bolt from the fabric store? or find an interior designer with larger scraps on hand?). Reason being that while I like both of the teeny tiny swatches against the chair fabrics, I’m not sure either of those fabrics will read the same once they are in large pieces and are up against the fireplace, wooden blinds, paint color, and floor color in your room. Anyway, I just think swatches kind of fail in that area.
If I had to pick, I’d pick the Kerry in the darker gray. Cleaner lined couch, which will be less on the eye, and the darker color won’t look like you’re trying to match the chair.
Anyway, those are my thoughts.
Diane MansilSeptember 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm
Left side love seat in the darker color. My reasons: the little wrap-around-the-arm section of the seat cushions is the ideal place for your feet when curled up and reading – extra comfy space the boxier one doesn’t have. And the darker grey because it’s a richer color that won’t show stains/soiling as easily as the lighter one, if you plan to actually use the love seat. 🙂 Also, if every other upholstered piece is a light grey, it might be nice to have a bit of contrast and stay within the same color family.
LindaSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:20 pm
Yes, I agree with everything you just said. I like that!
Diane MansilSeptember 17, 2019 at 12:23 pm
Oh yes…as for the stretchy fabric, I’d probably iron on thin interfacing to the back of the fabric to give it structure and stop it from stretching over time.
DebSeptember 17, 2019 at 12:29 pm
Yum!!! Darker fabric for sure, more dramatic. agree on the thin interfacing. PIA to iron it on tho.
ReneeSeptember 17, 2019 at 12:42 pm
Karalynn with the darker gray fabric. Can’t wait to see the new drapes in pink!
Elaine NessSeptember 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm
I concur totally. I love the pink fabric.
KathySeptember 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm
I’d say the darker gray to go with all the intense colors. I think it will be fabulous!
janice J dinseSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm
The one on the right looks lower to the floor than the other one and it might be harder to get in and out of. Maybe it is the same, but looking at the space below the cushions, one looks a lot wider than the other one.
janice J dinseSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm
I think the one on the left is 3″ taller at 36″, that is the one I like, the other only is only 33″ high.
CydSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm
I think you could be happy with either gray. The darker one will stand up well with the other fabrics. But the couch is the largest piece of furniture in the room so lighter would work also. Which one do you like with the rug? What pillows will you pair with it?
dian Iron FeatherSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:17 pm
I like the darker gray and the Karalynn looks more comfortable to me…therefore homier, (is that a word? Haha!).
Barbara H.September 17, 2019 at 1:18 pm
I’m short and the Kerry loveseat looks more comfortable to me, but I have sworn to myself that I will never buy another upholstered chair, etc. without being able to sit in it to try it out first. I like the darker fabric.
Erin PSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm
Ooh I like the darker fabric and the Karalynn loveseat (with the pillows). -My 2 cents! LOVE the pink and I think it’s perfect!
AthenaSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:33 pm
My vot would be the Kerry sofa in the dark gray. I don’t like the style of the other one at all! The dark gray sample you have also gives an awesome contrast and looks so great with the other fabrics you have selected.
Mary Lou PullerSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm
I’m looking at this on my laptop so the colors may be off even more than they are for you. What I’m seeing is the light gray against the other fabrics makes everything look washed out. The dark grey makes all the fabrics look more brilliant.
BonnieSeptember 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm
Kristi, First, let me preface what I am about to ask you by stating that you are my favorite blogger. Now, ok, here goes: I am wondering why you have a love seat instead of a sofa in your living room? Is there any chance that is why you aren’t completely happy with that room? You have put so much work and love into the L.R. Two people usually don’t sit on a loveseat together, but will sit on opposite sides of a sofa together. That allows room to turn and face each other to converse comfortably. To me (not that I’m a designer or anything) the love seat looks a little skimpy, sort of like an undersized piece of furniture waiting to grow up into a full size sofa. Just saying, but what do I know.
KristiSeptember 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm
The room is too small for a sofa. 🙂
Liz ThompsonSeptember 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm
Kristi, you can use a fusible interfacing to stabilize the stretch. A lightweight visible (or even a very lightweight) shouldn’t change the hand of the fabric too much, but it would stop the curtain from growing.
Carol-Anne PowellSeptember 25, 2019 at 1:15 pm
I LOVE that floral fabric, and the pink for the curtains is dreamy.
I am surprised, though, that you’re going with a grey sofa. Grey is dated as a neutral, and it seems like it will mean your sofa will look very “2018” a few years from now.
(Just like all those taupe sofas looked dated when the grey trend moved in)
I’ve always felt that rather than go with the neutral of the moment, it makes more sense to pick a timeless colour that you love.
Interested in your thoughts on this.
SueSeptember 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm
I love the fabric choices together. They look wonderful. I hope the stretchy fabric won’t be a problem for making the drapes.
As for the loveseat colors, the lighter one looked dirty to me with the other fabric choices but that darker grey looked very good. I know it’s not the ‘true’ colors so the jury is still out. Good luck and I can’t wait to see the whole living room completed.
PearlSeptember 17, 2019 at 2:12 pm
Dark Gray would look lovely with your fireplace tile.
JuliaSeptember 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm
I would wait till the drapes are finished to make a choice. I really like the green one. I don’t know…the grey just seems kind of blah when you have all that gorgeous color going on….. but it will be beautiful I’m sure no matter what you choose.
Cheryl S-BSeptember 17, 2019 at 3:43 pm
I can’t add much to the others advice, except you might like the green love seat, with your new pink curtains. Just MHO, and I’m not a pink person, but that color is more dusty rose, and it would go with the sage colored love seat.
Sandra StoneSeptember 17, 2019 at 4:12 pm
Dark gray, Kerry. The short blocky legs/feet on the other one look a little out-dated to me.
KatieSeptember 17, 2019 at 4:25 pm
I wish I had read all of these comments about iron on interfacing before my last project! I used a very thin linen–the only one that was the RIGHT color–for roman shades with blackout lining. I must have used a gallon of starch over 4 yards to make it work. My question would be seaming the strips of interfacing on the wrong side; would it look strange on the right side? How hard would it be to iron in the interfacing strips without stretching the fabric to different tensions in different places?
That said, love the suggestions to do the drapes first and look at it with the green couch.
Karen HSeptember 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm
My vote is for the Karalynn love seat. It just looks more inviting to me. And I, personally, actually prefer the lighter grey fabric, but if it is too close in color to the recliner, I think the dark grey would look beautiful!
Yvonne MSeptember 17, 2019 at 7:15 pm
Karalyn fabric in dark gray for the win! Although, as many others have said, making your pink drapes and hanging them first
would give you a clearer view of the fabric you need for the furniture.
TirsaSeptember 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm
Kerry Loveseat in the dark grey for sure! Excited to see what the living room will look like.
VickySeptember 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm
If you plan to fuse the pink fabric to interfacing (which is what I would do), I’d first fuse a sample and let it sit in the window a while. It’s too bad we aren’t in the dog days of summer. I’d want to make sure that the heat in the window space isn’t going to melt the disable web before I put a lot of work into making the drapes (I have made pinch pleated drapes before). But you are way more willing than I am to put work into something and then change your mind. I’m an engineer. We like ruts.
Brenda PawloskiSeptember 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Kristi, before you get too far with that stretchy pink fabric reconsider and shop for a beautiful linen or slubby silk! It’s an opportunity to introduce some sheen or texture or both. Expecially a beautiful linen could take some of the sweetness out of the pink color and make it look more worldly and interesting too. This probably won’t even be apparent to those of us who see your rooms in photos but you will see it in the room.
Do you have a more expensive fabric store to shop? I like to shop where I can’t afford and then go back where I can afford and try to approximate. Or plot and scheme to get the expensive fabric I want. 😉
Sandra KellerSeptember 18, 2019 at 7:34 am
I agree with the linen or other fabric. Stretch will continue to sag forever. Ask me how I know! It has a mind of it’s own. The weight of it is deceveing and will pull down .
ChrisSeptember 17, 2019 at 9:04 pm
I can’t wait to see how you work with the pink stretch velvet. I once thought about using stretch velvet for the same reason as you, it was the perfect color but in the end I couldn’t do it.
As to the loveseat, I have a hard time seeing a tailored piece like the Kerry in gray, especially dark gray in your home. It reminds me of a men’s suit next to the beautiful, exuberant floral. I’m also wondering about your lovely teal fireplace once the floral and deep velvet are in so I’m not paying much attention to it because the color is so easy to change.
What about getting a loveseat elsewhere and covering it in an ivory or cream colored Crypton? My sister has teenage boys in her home and her ivory Crypton sofa still looks the new after 2 years. Maybe you’re thinking the gray to ground the room but I’d find another way to do it like maybe some gray cube ottomans and a gray underskirt on a side table. It’s just so hard to say about the gray though when you haven’t seen the area rug first hand.
Carla from OregonSeptember 18, 2019 at 12:57 am
I love the pink drapery color and can’t wait to see how they turn out. I’m thinking you might like the green loveseat again after you make the new drapes.
If you don’t I would definitely go with the Karalynn love seat. The other one looks more like commercial furniture that belongs in an office. The Karalynn looks much more comfortable and inviting. The is something about the other one that says don’t get comfortable.
As far as the gray, I agree with a lot of the others in thinking the dark gray will help ground the room. That is if you don’t fall back in love with the green one.
I can’t wait to see it all pulled together with the pink draperies.
AnonSeptember 18, 2019 at 3:18 am
I’d wait until you find something you are sure about.
Sandra KellerSeptember 18, 2019 at 7:28 am
Personally pink is my least favorite color but I do like to accent green with the right pink. Make the drapes first then see how they look. They grays you show are too neutral a color. Maybe go with a grey green or a blue grey. I know how hard it is to find a perfect color in fabrics. Grey is just going to be too bland a color in the whole room at a glance. It will become the focal point and I dont think you want gray for that. Just my opinion.
DeniseSeptember 18, 2019 at 8:35 am
Hey Kristi, I am thinking the lighter grey. You have a lot of dark colors in your space.. I think the lighter grey will bring some lighter color into your space.. but that being said, once you make the draperies I think you will be able to see what color will look better…
VickiSeptember 18, 2019 at 8:40 am
Lighter gray. The short arms of the darker gray love seat look very uncomfortable.
Nancy Parker LathanSeptember 18, 2019 at 10:01 am
Recently I have been seeing a lot of ceilings painted. I was especially enamored with a lady painting her bedroom ceiling a pale pink and it made a world of difference. It just pulled every thing together and looked fantastic. FYI
PS I love what you do so much that I have to brag on you to my husband. He feels like he knows you! 🙂
AdeleSeptember 18, 2019 at 11:51 am
Would the beautiful sari trim you bought a while back work with the pink drapes? If I remember correctly, it was a bit more orange. I really loved it!
JustinSeptember 18, 2019 at 2:15 pm
I’m going to assume the Husqvarna lady’s suggestion was to use some sort of interfacing, which is EXACTLY what we “small item” sewists (bags, wallets, etc.) do when we want to use knit fabric for the outer part of a bag or something similar.
The only problem you might run into is that typical iron-on interfacing/stabilizer is usually only like 20-30″ wide. So you’re going to end-up doing a lot of piecework (altho your new work tables will be really really REALLY nice for doing it).
I wonder if, instead of iron-on stabilizer, you could instead find a permanent spray fabric adhesive and just glue your knit fabric to some cotton woven or even directly to the drapery lining.
designdreamerSeptember 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm
I’m going to say it’s the lining fabric is going to provide the stability. That would be a LOT of interfacing which isn’t cheap and generally comes in much narrower widths than regular 45″-60″ width fabric. Undecided on the grey fabric for the loveseat
Heather GillettSeptember 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm
Lining might still allow the outside of the curtain panel to stretch over time.
Heather GillettSeptember 18, 2019 at 3:56 pm
Re stretchy fabric curtains: There are various weights of fusible interlining available which will stabilize a fabric- and add weight and body. This is often a technique used in haugh couture or professional costumes when using a lightweight fabric when you what to add structure and stability. Since this is “fused” across the full width and length (instead of cut garment panels) I suggest sending it out to be applied professionally. LOVE the color!
SydneySeptember 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm
Kristi, as a former drapery professional I would strongly suggest you find a different pink fabric. No matter how well you stabilize that fabric on your table I can guarantee you’ll hate it after it’s hung for a week. It will stretch when you hang it not only ending up longer than you want and uneven but also distorting your lead edge hem lines. Also a cotton lining against a polyester fabric will repel each other and the fabric won’t pleat nicely and will flare away from each other. Maybe try and dye some white cotton to the right shade of pink.
Helen WishartSeptember 19, 2019 at 9:50 am
I did custom dressmaking for years and have some experience with fabrics. I agree completely with the previous comment, The color is lovely but I think you’re setting yourself up for a world of frustration using a stretchy fabric. And you will never be satisfied with the outcome.
KelliSeptember 19, 2019 at 9:02 pm
Yes! Those colors are beautiful! Did she recommend that you like the fabric with blackout fabric to give it some sturdiness? Maybe using hem tape to help seal them together?
CL HaysSeptember 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm
Is there a fabric store online that can color, pattern or texture match as close as possible to your fabric from their stocked fabrics? This would be such a help when you find inappropriate type of fabric or not enough left on the bolt of discontinued fabric. I run into this later problem a lot. I will find the absolute perfect fabric for a project and there will not be enough of it. Then when I start inquiring on line ( if I am lucky enough to know what it is) that it has been discontinued. I would definitely pay for a service where I could send it to some large fabric company where they could scan it to a computer that would come back with top 5 possible matches or substitution . I know I am dreaming big but why not.
DanielleSeptember 20, 2019 at 10:49 am
My vote would be the Karalynn loveseat with the darker grey fabric. I love how you are pulling this all together. The pink will be an amazing addition.
ChristySeptember 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm
Love the pink, but I’m surprised you’re not going with something else on your sofa. I love how you push design boundaries and add so much color. I don’t know why, but the green from the sconces in the foyer somewhere in your living. Room would be fab! Maybe some pillows or an ottoman somewhere. Can’t wait to see what you do. I love everything you do in your house!
KristenSeptember 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm
Love the pink! From your photos, I think the darker gray would look the best. It makes your fabrics pop and keeps the soft pink from feeling too pastel. Can’t wait to see what you choose and it all pulled together!
HeatherSeptember 25, 2019 at 10:21 pm
I love the clean lines of the Kerry sofa!!! The other one looks like it’s smiling at me with the large panel on the bottom, and looks a bit overstuffed.